Guests at the Golden Globes Sunday found a little something extra in their programs at the Beverly Hilton: A letter from President Barack Obama.
He praised Hollywood for using big and small screens to “bring diverse tales to life.”
The letter was yet another goodbye to a community the Obamas have enjoyed a close relationship with over the last eight years.
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That era could be ending. The incoming administration can’t get A-list stars to participate in the Jan. 20 inauguration, and Meryl Streep’s scathing takedown of President-elect Donald Trump at the ceremony is still reverberating.
On Friday night the Obamas hosted a farewell party at the White House attended by celebrities. The guest list reportedly included Tom Hanks, George Clooney, Paul McCartney, Jerry Seinfeld, David Letterman, Robert De Niro, Sarah Jessica Parker, Magic Johnson, Steven Spielberg, Gwyneth Paltrow, Olivia Wilde, Jason Sudeikis, Stevie Wonder and Tyler Perry.
Kerry Washington told Ryan Seacrest on the Golden Globes red carpet Sunday that the president was still on the dance floor when she left the party at 3:30 a.m. Saturday.
Here’s what Obama wrote in the letter tucked into the Golden Globes program:
“Michelle and I send greetings to all those attending the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards. Film and television have captured audiences for generations — transforming the art of storytelling and challenging our understanding of society.
“Using the big and small screens to bring diverse tales to life, actors and actresses and creative visionaries behind the scenes have inspired us to find deeper meaning in our shared humanity.
“Tonight's nominees have devoted their talents to helping us celebrate our triumphs and illustrate our flaws. By enabling us to see ourselves in each other and creating a space for the many narratives that reflect our rich and collective history, they remind us of the power of our voices and ideas and the ways they can shape our world for the better.
“As you gather to recognize this year's nominees, I wish you all the best for a memorable evening.”